To Horace Mann
came upstairs to me, and I wrote to you before I had seen Sir Robert.
At a time when we ought to be most united, we are in the greatest confusion; such is the virtue of the Patriots, though they have obtained what they professed alone to seek. They will not stir one step in foreign affairs, though Sir B. has offered to unite with them, with all his friends, for the common cause. It will now be seen, whether he or they are most patriot. You see I call him Sir Robert still! after one has known him by that name for these threescore years, it is difficult to accustom one's mouth to another title.
In the midst of all this, we are diverting ourselves as cordially as if Righteousness and Peace had just been kissing one another. Balls, operas, and masquerades! The Duchess of Norfolk ° makes a grand masqueing next week; and tomorrow there is one at the Opera-house.
Here is a Saxe-G-othic prince7, brother to her Royal Highness: he sent her word from Dover that he was driven in there, ha his way to Italy. The man of the inn, whom he consulted about lodgings in town, recommended him to an errant bawdy-house in Suffolk Street. He has got a neutrality for himself, and goes to both courts3.
Churchill asked Pulteney the other day, 'Well, Mr. Pulteney, will you break me too?'—'No, Charles,' replied he, ' you break fast enough of yourself!' Don't you think it hurt him more than the other breaking would ?
Good night! Yours ever.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 174*.
P.S. I had finished my letter, and unwillingly resolved to send you all that bad news, rather than leave you igno-
0 Mary, second daughter and coheir of Edward Blount, of Blagden, Devon; m. (1737) Edward Howard, eighth Duke of Norfolk; d. 1773.
7 The Duke of Saxe-G-otha, brother of the Princess of Wales.
8 The King's court, and that of the Prince of Wales.